York Musical Society (YMS) is a large and friendly choral society, directed by David Pipe. The choir sings most of its concerts in
the wonderful setting of York Minster. It has contributed
to the musical life of the city of York since 1876.

We look forward to seeing you at our concerts, annual workshop and other events. We welcome new members and Friends of YMS.
For details, see the Get Involved page of this website.

Our next concert
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YMS concert in York Minster, Saturday 17th November 7.30pm

YMS invites you to a popular programme of choral and orchestral classics in York Minster.
John Rutter’s Requiem, with its simple, lovely melodies and optimistic, reassuring text, has been a favourite with choirs and audiences since its premiere in 1986. Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem was first performed in Huddersfield in 1936 as fears of a second European war were growing. The poetry of Walt Whitman, an anti-war speech by John Bright and words from the Bible together form the plea, ‘Give us peace’. Described by Toscanini as ‘simple and beautiful’, Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings is one of the best-loved of all 20th-century string works.

This concert is taking place just a few days after the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that brought an end to the First World War. We have chosen three pieces that reflect the darkness and anguish of conflict, but which also express a message of reassurance with hope for an enduring peace.

Tickets (for reserved nave seats or unreserved side aisle seats) can be bought on the door or in advance from the Minster box office. Click here for tickets


2018/2019 season for YMS  

    Rutter Requiem
Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem
 Barber Adagio for Strings      
Saturday 17th November, 7.30pm, York Minster
Conductor David Pipe 


Christmas Concert with York Brass Quintet
Saturday 8th December, 4pm, St Lawrence Parish Church, York
Conductor Richard Shephard Organist David Pipe


Thursday 13th December
Christmas at Castle Howard
YMS will sing carols on this date in the Castle Howard festive opening season 


Choral Workshop: Karl Jenkins The Armed Man
Saturday 19th January 2019, St Lawrence Parish Church, York
Led by David Pipe
Tickets are selling fast! Click here for details and booking information


Bach St John Passion
Saturday 6th April 2019, 7.30pm, York Minster
Conductor David Pipe


Mendelssohn Elijah with Coventry Cathedral Chorus
Saturday 15th June 2019, 7.30pm, Coventry Cathedral
Conductor Paul Leddington Wright


Castle Howard Proms: Saturday 18th August 2018
An evening to remember! More photos on our gallery page.


Looking back: final concert of 2017/18, in Germany
with Münster Philharmonischer Chor
Sunday 24 June 2018

The concert marked the 25th anniversary of the twinning of YMS with Münster Philharmonischer Chor, as well as their 50th anniversary. The programme included Brahms’ Schicksalslied and Alt Rhapsodie, Beethoven’s Chorfantasie, and Elgar’s The Music Makers as a tribute to the long-standing partnership of our two choirs.

See photos on our Gallery page


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